Smiles for a Lifetime

One of the most common questions from my patients in Sidney is how they can whiten their teeth and brighten their smile. Our teeth are composed of enamel, which acts as a protective barrier that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Enamel also give your teeth their white color. Certain products we consume can break down the enamel in our teeth and cause stains. This can be caused by the acidity levels or by artificial food colorings.

Rule of thumb: If it can stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth.

Darkly pigmented beverages such as coffee, tea and cola can greatly discolor your teeth. Microscopic ridges on each tooth can catch residue from these beverages, which can cause discoloration. Cola also contains high levels of acidity, which can actually break down the enamel in your teeth. The food coloring in several processed foods that we eat can also cause staining as well. This includes fruit juices, popsicles and even ketchup. Visit Supersmile for more examples of foods that can stain your teeth.

Maintaining regular brushing and flossing is the best way to eliminate discoloration and keep your smile bright. Call our office  to set up your next teeth whitening. For more tips on how to maintain proper oral hygiene, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Oral health and overall health are linked in several ways that many people do not realize. At the office of Dr. Jeff Van Treese, it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Shelby County live healthy lives. Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that can effect the rest of your body.

Large amounts of sugar can lead to cavities and increases your risk for gum disease. Gum disease, along with weakening your bone structure, can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.

Sugar is found in excess in fizzy soft drinks and confectionaries. This makes them high in calories and low in nutritional value. Candies, sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also filled with high fructose corn syrup which is unhealthy for your teeth and bad for your body. Even “diet” drinks have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your enamel. Limiting your consumption of these food items can greatly increase your oral and overall health.

Visit the American Dental Association for more information on oral health. Call our office to schedule your next visit!

The Invisalign Process

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

We have previously talked about how Invisalign is comfortable and effective way to help straighten your teeth without the use of conventional braces. Several of our patients in Sidney have been asking us just how we go about creating your custom Invisalign mouthpieces.

In-order to create Invisalign that will work the most effectively with your teeth, we start by taking pictures, X-Rays and impressions of your teeth. This helps to determine how the treatment will guide your teeth. We use this information to great a set of custom mouthpieces that will be worn 20-22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. After the treatment is complete, you will need to visit us every six weeks to monitor the progress of your treatment.

We are holding an Invisalign Open House on March 25th so you can find out if Invisalign is right for you. Call our office in Sidney for more information. For more information on Invisalign, visit their website.